The Power of Serendipitous Encounters – Samsung is Building to Create People Collisions for Idea Generation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Such organizational structure, and such architectural structure, are detrimental to idea creation. Ideas are created by lots of cross-interest interaction. Isolated silos, where people only interact with folks within their silos, are so yesterday. And you can’t quite always “schedule” or “mandate” such interactions. But you can make space for these to happen. A lot […]. Randy''s blog entries

Invaluable perspectives on the brainstorming process

First Friday Book Synopsis

His process has three stages: fact-finding, idea generating, and solution evaluating. He recommended four “rules”: o Generate […]. Alex Osborn (1888-1966) was founding partner of one of the most highly regarded advertising agencies, BBDO, and is credited with introducing the brainstorming process in his book, Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem-Solving, published in 1957.

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Do I Have to Come up With All The Great Ideas!? Why this belief means you suck as a manager.

Mike Cardus

I’ve seen this happen many times: Employee to Manager: I’ve got a great idea and think that by doing x we will get y,z and extra outcomes. Of course the manager has a better idea! The manager’s idea was triggered by the employees initial idea. The idea may be useful later.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Rein in your tendency to express your critique at every fielded idea. Your strengths: Bringing the ideas to fruition and making them work. You contribute by generating ideas and taking the leap of faith when it is impossible to know everything in advance.

Thinking of Others Can Enhance Innovation


In another they asked participants to come up with gift ideas for themselves, someone close to them or someone they barely knew. Imagine you’re locked in a tower. Better yet, imagine someone else is locked in a tower.

The Value of Vision Series – Kouzes and Posner

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Circulate the ideas generated and discuss the impact of trends on your products, services, technologies, and constituents. Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. We’ve all had a glimpse of the future.

6 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Ideas


Regulating the Idea Machine (Entrepreneur). Entrepreneurs are Idea Machines. They produce a terrific volume of ideas–some that are pure gold, some that aren’t. They need not rein in their ideas, as much as they need to regulate them. Idea Generation Trap.

Talking with Each Other @ Work

Coaching Tip

Of course, having your desk next to the elevator or rest rooms, gives you a competitive advantage in that fellow employees will stop and share with you some ideas that they want to talk through to reach clarity.

Teams and Thinking Style

Coaching Tip

How do these different modes of thinking affect team dynamics, process flows, idea generation and problem-solving approaches? • Organizations are increasingly relying on the collective power of teams to meet today’s business demands, but many teams aren’t living up to their full potential.

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Do the Work

Your Voice of Encouragement

And so he described the process of writing and idea generation as having two stages: ACTION and REFLECTION. Cover of Do the Work by Steven Pressfield The words leaped off the page at me.

Four Ways to Market Like a Startup

Harvard Business Review

Olga Vidisheva, founder of Y Combinator fashion startup Shoptiques, encourages her team to take risks by giving every employee a $1,000 discretionary budget to spend on any creative marketing idea.

Create a Crowd Competition That Works

Harvard Business Review

Design platforms like Crowdspring and 99designs give people the tools needed to crowdsource graphic design ideas and feedback. If you''re looking to spark disruptive and powerful ideas that benefit your company, follow these guidelines to launch an engaging competition: 1.

Why Your Innovation Contest Won’t Work

Harvard Business Review

It’s an idea contest – submit your ideas, and the person that submits the best one wins $1000. If you think about this for a minute, you can see a few assumptions about innovation that underlie this contest: The main problem the firm has with innovation is that they don’t have enough ideas. Idea generation is the best place to invest money to improve innovation. You also need to be able to select ideas. Because idea generation is the easy part!

Four Ways to Market Like a Startup

Harvard Business Review

Olga Vidisheva, founder of Y Combinator fashion startup Shoptiques, encourages her team to take risks by giving every employee a $1,000 discretionary budget to spend on any creative marketing idea.

How to Influence People with Your Ideas

Harvard Business Review

Julie has an idea, one that has been gestating in her mind for quite some time, but now she realizes that for her idea to have any impact at all she will have to "go public" with it. She asked me: What do I have to do to get my idea out there? No idea is completely original.

The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

Harvard Business Review

A great amount of money had been spent on consultants and on training a workforce that had no clearer idea at the end of 12 months what they were doing or why. They provide vision, strategic direction and outside-the-box thinking to create new organizational forms and generate future growth. The innovator: leadership as creative idea generation.

You're Doing Social Wrong. Your Teenager Does It Right. (The Shortlist)

Harvard Business Review

Immigrants were responsible for significant innovation in the manicure business: They developed the idea of the stand-alone, inexpensive nail salon, which stimulated demand, which led to wage increases, which led to further economic growth. Idea generation will improve as people problem-solve together at meals. It seems that everyone is freaking out about teens abandoning social media sites like Facebook. By "everyone" I mean advertisers.